Business Series

MARCH 1—The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host their Business Program Series at 12:15 p.m. at the Downtown & Business branch, 612 Smithfield St., Downtown. The topic is “Buying Foreclosed, Bank-Owned or Short Sale Properties-Is it Right For You?” Mortgage Banker Diane Scabilloni and Realtor Tracy Janov will facilitate this session and explain how to analyze a property and identify the outstanding financial obligations. Attendees will also learn how to approach lenders to purchase bank-owned properties, deal with the limited disclosure of physical deficiencies in that type of sale and the important information one needs to gather before determining if purchasing a bank-owned property is right for them. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-281-7141 or e-mail

Public Hearing

MARCH 1—State Representative Joseph Preston Jr. will host a Public Information Hearing on the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act of 2007 at the University of Pittsburgh, Student Union Building, 4200 Fifth Ave., Oakland. The Act requires all home improvement contractors to register their business with the Attorney General and has various consumer protections with regards to contracts for service, payment and right legal action for unfinished projects. Registration is required. For more information, call 717-783-1017 or e-mail Beth


Healthcare Series

MARCH 8—Sustainable Pittsburgh’s Champions for Sustainability will host its Sustainable Healthcare Series: Improving the Environment from 8-10:30 a.m. at the Regional Learning Alliance, 850 Cranberry Woods Dr., Cranberry Township. The topic is “Healthcare Sustainability: Product Purchasing and Service Procurement.” Guests will learn about the latest strategies for engaging supply chains in the healthcare industry from the perspective of sustainability. Gary Cohen, executive director of Health Care without Harm, will give the keynote address and there will be a panel discussion. There will also be a webinar format available. Registration is requested. For more information, visit



MARCH 8—Duquesne University’s Small Business Development Center will host “Doing Business With The Commonwealth” from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the university’s Rockwell Hall, 600 Forbes Ave., Uptown. Guests will learn how their small business can pursue contract opportunities with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, where to find opportunities and much more. Registration is requested. For more information, call 412-396-6233 or e-mail

Tax Workshop

MARCH 13—The African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania will host a Special Small Business Tax Workshop from 11:30-1:30 p.m. at the Regional Enterprise Tower, 23rd floor, 425 Sixth Ave., Downtown. Carol MacPhail, a former partner of Deloitte Tax LLP, will facilitate the workshop where individuals will receive an overview of business taxes for small business owners and self-employed individuals to understand their tax rights, responsibilities and Act 32. There will also be an opportunity to ask specific questions pertaining to one’s business. Registration is required by March 9. For more information, call 412-392-0610 or e-mail


MARCH 16—The African-American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania will host its PowerBreakfast at 7:30 a.m. at the Rivers Club, One Oxford Centre, 301 Grant St., Downtown. The featured guest for the morning will be Richard Fitzgerald, the Chief Executive of Allegheny County, and he will discuss his plans for the county. Reservations are requested by March 14 and the cost is $20 for members and $30 for non-members. For more information, call 412-392-0610 or e-mail

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